Special budget-rebalancing session comes with a price tag

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers resistant to the idea of a deficit-closing special session have raised concerns about paying for the Legislature’s return to Baton Rouge amid continuing shortfalls.

But the actual cost of such a gathering isn’t certain.

House Clerk Alfred “Butch” Speer says a rough estimate of what it costs the House and Senate to be in session ranges between $50,000 and $60,000 a day. The price tag, however, can shrink depending on overtime payments, printing needs and other variables.

Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to call a mid-February special session to close Louisiana’s $304 million midyear deficit.

Some Republican lawmakers would prefer the governor and the Legislature’s joint budget committee make the cuts on their own. Edwards says a special session would allow lawmakers to cut more broadly across agencies.


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